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Published March 15 2013

Fargo man taken to hospital after Main Ave. rollover

FARGO – A Fargo man was taken to the hospital after the SUV he was driving rolled over in a one-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Main Avenue near Ninth Street South in Fargo.

Nhi Pham, 39, was eastbound on Main Avenue in the right lane, according to Fargo police. He lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree on the boulevard in front of 916 Main Ave., police said. The vehicle overturned and came to rest facing east.

Pham told police he had swerved to avoid being struck by another vehicle.

Fire crews removed a door and post in getting Pham out of the vehicle, Fargo Fire Department Assistant Chief Gary Lorenz said. Pham was transported to Sanford Medical Center, according to authorities.

Lorenz said Pham was responsive after the accident and complained of some back pain, but he did not have details on Pham’s condition.

Sanford representatives said late Friday evening that Pham was not a registered patient.

Megan Grote was driving on Main Avenue at the time of the accident and described what she saw.

“I just saw right out of the corner of my eye the vehicle flip up in the air, and I just sped up and swerved around it,” Grote said. “And right as I was swerving, was when he landed on the top of his vehicle.”

After the accident, Grote went to the passenger-side door and asked Pham if he was OK, and he replied that he was.

Lorenz said road conditions were “slippery but it’s not excessively icy. I wouldn’t call them treacherous.”

Fargo Police Sgt. Kevin Volrath said speed does not appear to have been a factor in the accident.

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